our man, our mirror


As I see it, we’ve chosen a mirror…

…a big-mouthed mirror…

…to be our next president.

According to my theory…

…we elected this mirror because we’re trying to wake ourselves up.  Shock ourselves awake.

We’re saying to ourselves: consider that man, that mirror—is that what we want to be, what we want to become?  As individuals, as a nation?

When I look into that mirror, I see someone with a fragile ego.  Because he feels weak and insecure, he charges at any perceived threat like a bull.  And he perceives so many threats.

He gains a sense of power by putting others down.  But such put-downs only provide temporary relief.  The self-doubt is always there, lurking just beneath the surface.  And so, he continues to charge.  It’s an addiction.

He won’t change much, because he refuses to see the truth about himself.  Though the narcissist spends much time looking into the mirror, he sees only what he wishes to see.

The narcissist doesn’t dare explore his depths.  If he dives down, he’ll find many aspects of himself that challenge his cherished self-image.  He’s afraid of his own shadow.

Too often, we see such people as strong.  We see in them an ideal.  That’s the type of person we want to be—tough, bombastic, demanding.  The type that won’t take nothin’ from nobody.  That’s how we want our nation to be.

Or is it?

According to my theory…

…we elected that man, that mirror, because we want to challenge our ideas about strength.

We’re trying to learn the difference between dominance and real power.

The difference between bravado and true courage.

According to my theory…

…we’re trying to grow.  We’re so determined to grow, we’ll take extreme measures—such as electing that mirror.

Some will chaff at this belief.  But I think the test of any belief is where it leads us.  And as I see it, this belief leads us to a good place…

Yes, it’s fair to criticize our president’s behavior—and protest if we so choose…

…but at the same time, let’s take a long deep look into that mirror.  A deep look into our own psyche.  We may not be able to change the man, but we can change ourselves…and in so doing, change our nation.

© 2017, Michael R. Patton
Searching for My Best Beliefs: a poetry book


About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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